1 Kings 19:19-21 So Elijah went from there (his meeting with God in Horeb) and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah.
“Let me kiss my father and mother good-by,” he said, “and then I will come with you.”
“Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?” (In other words, come back quickly if you realize what I have just done to you.)
So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant.
Between Moses and Jesus, no prophet of Israel could compare with Elijah in terms of miraculous power and sheer courage. It was Elijah who challenged the 450 prophets of Baal to a contest to see which god would without assistance burn up a sacrifice. On that occasion Elijah preached one of the most stirring sermons in the Bible: “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal (the Canaanite God of prosperity) is god, follow him.” If Abraham laid the foundations for faith, Moses for law, and David for worship; then Elijah laid the foundations for discipleship. Indeed, in calling his successor Elisha, Elijah very nearly precisely foreshadows the way in which Jesus called Disciples to follow him nearly 9 centuries later. And notice what Elisha gave up—with twelve teams of oxen, this was not a poor man! He humbled himself to serve as Elijah’s attendant, but his reward was to receive Elijah’s mantle (both figuratively and literally) when the fiery chariot swung low to carry him home.
Prayer: Dear God, I too live in an age that is tempted to serve Baal instead of you. Give me clarity and conviction to choose to serve You every day. May my discipleship to Jesus be so authentic that others may be attracted to Him by my witness. I pray this in the name of the One who was able to ask the rich man to sell all that he had and give it to the poor. Amen.